The precautionary principle in EC Health and Environmental Law

Nicolas De Sadeleer

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Envisaging anticipatory preventive action in response to uncertainty, the precautionary principle represents an important milestone in risk reduction. The question is no longer merely how to prevent assessable risks, but rather how to anticipate risks pervaded by uncertainty. By leaving behind the realm of "sound science," precaution necessarily gives rise to conflict. As regards the status and the implementation of that principle, the aim of this article is to explore some of the key issues arising in environmental and food safety cases brought before the Tribunal of First Instance, the European Court of Justice and the EFTA Court.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-172
Number of pages34
JournalEuropean Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

European Law Journal, Vol. 12, No 2, March 2006, 139-172

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